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# The number of people flying first class on domestic flights

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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of
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bigoyal wrote:
The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

A sounds right to me. "the number of people" is singular so that makes C, D, and E wrong.

A sounds better than B ..
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14 Jul 2009, 10:44
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14 Jul 2009, 10:55
IMO : A

"doubling the increase of" seems correct.
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15 Jul 2009, 06:37
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bigoyal wrote:
The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

The number of people | flying first class on domestic flights | rose sharply in 1990, | twice as many as | the increase in the previous year.

The number of people...rose sharply in 1990, this completes the idea and intent of the sentence, now anything that we add will be a modifier. General idea of a modifier of this kind - it'll try and compare, give some exact count or something. Among B, C, D, and E; D and E sound better. next comes parallelism, "rose sharply in 1990", as compared to "the increase in the previous year". Using "in" is appropriate. So, in this context, D is right.

D is my take. OA?
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27 Feb 2010, 06:54
Barney and shimo! Have you ever read the posts above? The OA has already been posted.
It's A!
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05 Jan 2011, 08:52
The OA is A, see file attached. We need more discussion here. I am still not convinced with the OA.
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04 Feb 2011, 08:58
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The OA is A, see file attached. We need more discussion here. I am still not convinced with the OA.

Not convinced either, it looks like the sharp raise in 1990 is doubling the increase of previous year. Like previous year if the raise is X, 1990's raise is making it 2x (previous year's)

I prefer B!!.. Experts help needed here please!!
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04 Feb 2011, 10:53
'that' in B does not have clear referent. C has modifier problem. D and E use 'many' for non-countable noun. So, A.
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05 Feb 2011, 06:35
I would go for B. "the number... rose sharply in 1990, doubling that of the increase in..." follows parallelism.
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15 Jan 2012, 23:24
thanx for clearing doubt on doubled and twice..
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The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

A. doubling the increase of
B. doubling that of the increase in
C. double as much as the increase of
D. twice as many as the increase in
E. twice as many as the increase of

I found this question very tricky because I could make no sense of it

What do statements A and B mean? doubling the increase?
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25 Feb 2012, 22:54
(A) doubling the increase of
phrase refers back to the subject of the main verb "number of people..."

(B) doubling that of the increase in
"that of" does not have a clear antecedent.

(C) double as much as the increase of
"twice as much as" is the correct form

(D) twice as many as the increase in
"many" cannot be used as comparative for the subject "number", needs to be "much".

(E) twice as many as the increase of
same as D
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27 Feb 2012, 21:42
Slightly digressing... the number of is countable.. right? if yes then why much and not many? much is used for non countable..

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(A) doubling the increase of
phrase refers back to the subject of the main verb "number of people..."

(B) doubling that of the increase in
"that of" does not have a clear antecedent.

(C) double as much as the increase of
"twice as much as" is the correct form

(D) twice as many as the increase in
"many" cannot be used as comparative for the subject "number", needs to be "much".

(E) twice as many as the increase of
same as D
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Hi All,

The number of people flying first class on domestic flights rose sharply in 1990, doubling the increase of the previous year.

Let’s first understand the meaning of this sentence. The year 1990 experienced a sharp rise in the number of people flying first class on domestic flights. This rise doubled the increase seen previous year.

Error Analysis:

This sentence uses verb-ing modifier “doubling” preceded by a comma. This means that this modifier will modify the entire preceding clause. Usage of “doubling” is correct here because it correctly presents the result of the preceding clause. There was a rise sharp in the number of specific passengers. This rise doubled the increased witnessed the previous year. Hence there is no error in this sentence.

POE:

a. doubling the increase of: Correct for the reason stated above.

b. doubling that of the increase in: Incorrect.
1. There is no antecedent of pronoun “that”.
2. When we say “increase in something”, the phrase means that “something” has increased itself. Hence, this phrase does not make sense in this choice as it suggests that “the previous year” increased itself.

c. double as much as the increase of: Incorrect.
1. Here “double”, a noun modifier has no particular noun to refer to.
2. The correct way to say is “double the increase” and not “double as much as the increase…”.

d. twice as many as the increase in: Inocrrect.
1. Noun modifier “twice” dos not have a noun to refer to.
2. Use of “many” for uncountable noun “increase” is incorrect.
3. Repeats the idiom error of choice B.

e. twice as many as the increase of: Incorrect. This choice repeats the first two errors of Choice D.

Hope this helps.
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20 Jan 2014, 17:32
In the origional sentence 'doubling' explains the effect of the 'rise' hence correct. No other option conveys this meaning of 'effect', hence option A is the correct one.
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